Bible Passage for Meditation: Ps. 119:9-11
Key Verse: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps. 119:11
I use to get offended if someone said something to me that I didn’t like or if they criticized something I did, and I’d sulk for awhile afterwards. “Why did he say that to me?” or “Why doesn’t she look at her own issues instead of pointing out mine?” I thought to myself in frustration. But as God slowly changed my heart through the study and power of consistent time in the Word, I began to welcome correction even if it hurt my pride.
However, there were two key verses that made a big difference and helped me gain perspective. They still keep me focused today.
The first verse is Psalm 119:71, that says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Wow! In this passage, I saw clearly that God allows afflictions, and maybe even the words of criticism from others to help us grow, grow in character and grow closer to Him. I want to grow, so I realized that maybe it’s good to be afflicted like this.
The second passage that really impacted my thinking is in the same chapter, Psalm 119:165, and it says simply, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
When I first read this, I thought to myself, “Nothing! Are you serious, NOTHING shall offend them?” It was hard to believe.
Now I quote Psalm 119:165 to myself all the time as it’s convicted me that if I’m in tune with God and His law (His Word) I’m not going to be offended by what happens to me OR what happens around me. Of course, I’m not saying that I never get offended anymore, but when I’m tempted to grumble or complain, or when trials seem to be multiplying, I just remind myself of this passage, and my irritation literally goes away. That’s the beauty and power of the Word. It can change your mind!
Ellen White writes, “We might close the door to many temptations, if we would commit to memory passages of Scripture. Let us hedge up the way to Satan’s temptations with ‘It is written’” (The Faith I Live By, p. 8).
Yes, I believe this is an important part of becoming spiritually fortified. It’s learning to put God’s Word in our heart. If it’s in our heart, Satan can’t take control of our mind.
Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Heavenly Father, Teach us how to build a strong foundation upon Your Word. Teach us how to lay up Your Word in our heart and apply it practically in day to day life. Teach us how to fortify our mind from the attacks of the enemy by telling him “It is Written.” Your Word is power! And when all else fails in this life, Your Word will remain. So help us Lord. Help us individually and as a church to stand strong, rooted and grounded upon your Living Word. Amen!
By Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She is from Arkansas but currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)
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